PC component company Syba seemingly compromised


It's never particularly big news when a site is hacked; it happens millions of times a day, but not always to big sites. Most big sites will normally catch the error, though there are exceptions. Thanks to a Neowin tipster, it seems that Syba's website has been compromised without warning though anti-virus will catch the problem.

The specific variant found on Syba’s page is Trojan.JS/BlacoleREF.W; part of the BlacoleREF virus family. According to Microsoft’s security encyclopedia, it works by loading a hidden IFrame through JavaScript on compromised PCs. It comes in the form of a clientside script, redirecting to a server known as ‘Blackhole’.

It might be difficult to find Blackhole, or Blacole as it’s also called, if you are infected. There are seemingly no common symptoms of the virus, so it goes on a case-by-case basis. Nevertheless, it’s worth thinking about. Regardless, this error has been produced by Windows Defender and AVG, which is shown in the above screenshot.

We have no specifics on when the error began to appear at present, but it could be off-putting for buyers visiting the site. The error seems to stem from the Support & Download side of the Syba site (in other words: the portion of the site you want to avoid), and so far no issues have occurred when reaching the main page. As of yet there has been no acknowledgement of any issue from within the company.

Source: Syba

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Hello,

Syba Computer Component Co. is a large manufacturer of computer peripherals, accessories and cables from China, with offices in Argentina and the United States. They may not be very familiar to most people as they are primarily an OEM and sell mostly into the distributor space and not into the consumer space. That said, I've seen plenty of boxed items from them over the years at Fry's Electronics, various electronics/computer surplus stores around the San Francisco Bay Area and even on Newegg.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

So what your saying is they make crap that no one that knows how to build a computer the right way would ever buy.

They're like Startech. The make affordable addon cards and a lot more. They make more than "pretty outdated USB 2.0 PIC card"... Going on their product page would have saved (you) time. Yup, some people lives under rock. Not because it's not listed high on Alexa or you don't know them for the past 20 years that people of planet earth are not using that brand.

For anyone that's interested, I followed SirEvan's advice above, FYI syba make products you probably wouldn't care less about the name of such as DVI/USB/VGA cables and a pretty outdated USB 2.0 PCI card.
So that's exactly why no-one's heard of them.

I've built pc's for over 20 years never once in the USA have I delt with syba still no idea who these people are what brand name products do we buy from them ?

TurboShrimp said,
I've built pc's for over 20 years never once in the USA have I delt with syba still no idea who these people are what brand name products do we buy from them ?

Search on Newegg.com for them. some people live under rocks it seems.

"It's never particularly big news when a site is hacked; it happens millions of times a day, but not always to big sites"

...errr... since when has "Syba" (and no, I've never heard of them either!?) a "big site"?! According to Alexa, they're not even in the top 1 million websites, ranking just 1,627,447 globally - this is hardly front page news, Neowin!!